Wenxin Zheng

  Wenxin Zheng describes her practice as surging “fragmented information in an illusionistic manner, trying to interpret people’s emotional world through an artificial barrier”. Zheng was born in 1975 and currently lives and works in Hangzhou, China. A graduate from Kent University Arts and Design, Zheng uses Painting as her primary medium to explore various themes in conflict with each other. Interested in the idea of spontaneity, she aims to form a “flexible space” for creations that transcend. Playing and confronting contradictions, Chinese Artist Wenxin Zheng is “trying to interpret people’s emotional world through anartificial barrier”. Painting was always very natural to her from very young age. Images became a part of dealing with reality of every day life, yet growing up, she noticed, the defintions of reality change. She speaks of a time where those take over and slowly replace imagination, to which art was her solution. The relationship of reality and imaginaton follows her work throughout her entire life. Photography, as practice of seeing and reusing images, played a huge role in the life of the artist. To seek for balance she transfers to 'New Media' and revisits various contemporary theories of art by taking a philosophical apporoach. She notices that media, in any form, can be a total bearer of the imaginantion, as she comments: ''People don’t usually question where they come from because they know that those things are simulated or virtual. '' People look socially linked in their interactions together, by sharing memories and warm feelings, but actually revelaing itself as cold and reserved through the location on the other side of the screen. The exchange of the so called 'interior' and 'exterior', a play on social media, as well es her creative implementation of the polar opposites gets transmitted via her decoded, layered lense of Wenxin's paint. Using color and different modes of brushstrokes, the artist reflects and combines her impressions and reactions to her friends happennings, then transferred and re-envisioned in her paintings. Working in thin layers, the artist stresses on the gap between reality and our very own perception of it. Her painting range of thick and opaque acrylic, as well as fine, transparent layers. Those, at first contradicting uses of paint yet harmonize and create not only physical, yet also psychological and dimensional layers to her works.